Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn is the planet of lessons, and its transits bring restrictions and limitations in order to teach. It gets a bad rap, but if you look at Saturn as the illuminator of contrast, you may see it in a different light. We all need contrast, because it helps us realize what we don’t want in life. On the other end of that spectrum, we can discover more precisely what we do want. For example, if you get sick, you realize you want to be healthy. If you go bankrupt, you want financial abundance. You can either wallow in Saturn’s misery, or work with the opportunities it has presented.

Saturn is in Sagittarius from December 2014 – December 2017. This is a Mutable Fire sign, which is concerned with ideals, knowledge, expansion and exploration. During this transit, as a society we will be confronted with incorrect laws (Saturn) in the fields of science, space exploration, religion, law, and higher education (Sagittarius). Saturn represents structure and traditions, so the bureaucracies in these areas will be questioned and re-established. On a personal level, it will affect you depending on the natal house it moves through, and any personal planets, angles (such as the Ascendant or Midheaven), or Lunar Nodes it aspects.

The Sagittarius region of your chart is where you seek expansion and may tend towards excess. Saturn illuminates an existing flaw when it enters a natal house, but it’s generally not a surprise; rather, something that has been slowly building over time, and can no longer be avoided. Saturn has the “Benjamin Button” affect, where it transits; it starts off old and cranky, and grows younger and more carefree with time and experience. By the time it reaches the end of a house, if you’ve dealt with the issue, you are freed up to move on to other things.


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